Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

52%

24 Critic Reviews

In the end, there's little to distinguish this installment from its recent predecessors.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's The Heist.

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.
 
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
 
Only one other person has seen the missing photo—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.
 
Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?
 
Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii.  And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.

 

About Janet Evanovich

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Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including One for the Money and Sizzling Sixteen, and the Diesel & Tucker series, including Wicked Appetite. Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn’t have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, “When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.” But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet’s favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, in house with a view of the Connecticut River Valley.
 
Published November 22, 2011 by Bantam. 321 pages
Genres: Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Explosive Eighteen
All: 24 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 12

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Mar 12 2012

In the end, there's little to distinguish this installment from its recent predecessors.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Roz Shea on Dec 01 2011

Stephanie comes of age in EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN...finally pulling it together.

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Murphreesboro Pulse

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle Palmer on Feb 01 2012

While some of Evanovich’s recent Plum novels have seemed a little flat, Explosive Eighteen shows us that the series still has some stories to tell.

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All the Books I Can Read

Below average
Jan 08 2012

...fisticuffs is frighteningly close to plot development. But because Evanovich seems to run screaming from such things, we aren’t treated to that, we’re instead treated to this book. Which is basically just like any other.

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Romancing the Book

Below average
Reviewed by Jen on Feb 03 2012

Like many other one-time fans, I think it’s time that Evanovich either breathes new life into the series by seriously shaking things up or she needs to wrap it up.

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Pure Textuality

Below average
Feb 01 2012

There’s no forward movement on anything. The characters aren’t growing, the story lines sound the same and the Ranger/Morelli/Stephanie triangle is still in place and going nowhere we can see.

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Laura's Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Laura on Jun 01 2012

I feel that Evanovich finally has turned it around in this book. I enjoyed how the story of Hawaii was included and it was different then the format of previous novels.

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The Nature of Things

Good
Nov 28 2011

This is a fun and very quick read. Evanovich knows how to keep the action flowing and the pages turning.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

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Reviewed by Denise on Jan 09 2012

I know that these are big money makers for Evanovich but I am hoping she finishes the series soon...It's so sad to watch such a great series slowly go down the toilet.

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Angela's Anxious Life

Below average
Reviewed by Angela

Same story different book. I think Evanovich needs to get a new spin on it.

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Mrs. Q Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Dec 05 2011

Janet Evanovich does not stray from her usual plot lines, Explosive Eighteen is exactly what readers have come to expect from her.

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Another Look Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Kelly on Dec 10 2011

Explosive Eighteen was a perfectly enjoyable read and what a treat to get two books in one year.

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Somewhere Only We Know

Below average
Reviewed by Sandy Farmer on Sep 27 2012

Explosive Eighteen fell a wee bit short...It felt like a filler novel.

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Jandy's Reading Room

Good
Reviewed by Jandy on Apr 17 2012

Explosive Eighteen is witty and funny... light and entertaining and lots of fun.

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Ramblings of a Daydreamer

Below average
Reviewed by Marie Landry on Feb 24 2012

The plot is always decent, but there’s absolutely no character development, and despite the fact that I’m hanging on to see the outcome of the Morelli/Ranger love triangle, the romance is lacking.

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Valeehill

Below average
Reviewed by Valerie Travis on Jan 06 2012

I think after 18 (numbered) books it's time to have her mind made up for her. The success of the books isn't completely about their unresolved "issues". There has to be more.

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Lavender Lines

Good
Dec 19 2012

These books are fun, cozy mysteries...a series that I will continue reading with much glee.

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Sherri's Thoughts & Ramblings

Good
Reviewed by Sherri on Jun 17 2012

I’ve come to expect the wacky and zany with this series and that’s exactly what Explosive Eighteen delivers.

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Adventures with Three

Good
Reviewed by Kara Horgan on Jan 08 2012

Evanovich has created a ridiculous little world filled with equally ridiculous characters, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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A Jane Of All Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Laura on Nov 25 2011

Here’s what happened in Eighteen: NOTHING. NOTHING NEW HAPPENED.

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Chirenjenzie

Below average
Apr 17 2012

It was almost like someone ghost writing for Evanovich...Some reactions were over the top, others missed the mark. It was just off somehow.

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The Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Melissa Morgan on Apr 16 2012

Reading a new Plum novel is like hanging out with old friends that I haven't seen in a while. Lula, Grandma Mazur, Connie and Vinnie never fail to make me laugh.

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Savvy Thinker

Good
Reviewed by Karin on Mar 28 2012

She is such a likeable character that the morality issue really never quite comes up. Would that we all had such a dilemma!

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Lost in Light

Below average
Reviewed by Yanno on Nov 28 2011

I found myself struggling through the pages. Forcing myself to continue and endure the boring, profoundly unimaginative story, I fell asleep several times while reading.

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